Soccer Sprouts is an introductory soccer program for three year-olds and their families, looking for their first soccer experience. The purpose of the Soccer Sprouts program is to introduce soccer games and skills to young players and ease these youngsters and their families into the dynamics of recreational soccer as well as organized activities.
The Soccer Sprouts program consists of eight, one hour sessions once a week, over the span of a season. Sessions are led by GSA staff coaches, with each player often being assisted by a parent or adult family member on the field. Sessions usually consist of activities and games, followed by 3 vs. 3 scrimmages, using the “New Ball Method.” The “New Ball Method” is the game management system used in games for the 4U, 5U and 6U age groups.
Players will be assigned a group or time slot based on many factors (gender, birthday and experience). Each session players are pooled together as training is led by the GSA staff coaches, rather than being placed on teams. This format allows for coaching and training to be passed down from the staff to the parents and onto the players. This method best meets the needs of each individual player.
Our goal is that the 4U Soccer Sprouts program will be a fun and exciting experience for the players and their families. For most young players, this program will be their first experience with soccer and we want it to be a great one!
PROGRAM DATES AND DETAILS:
Spring 2022 North Dates: 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13
Soccer Sprouts FALL season will start in September; the SPRING season will begin in March. The program meets on Friday evenings. Exact program dates will be communicated closer to the start dates.
*Any additional make-up session will be done either on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon or weekday (evening).
GROUPS: The 4U player pool will be split-up into 2 or 3 groups by age/gender, depending on the total number of players. All players will be assigned a group.
SESSIONS - Each session will run approximately an hour. Please remember players will be pooled and will not be on a set team. For the first 3 weeks, players will participate in an introduction of different games and activities. For the remaining weeks, the sessions will be split, with approximately half the session spent on games, skills and activities and the remaining time scrimmaging 3v3, using the "New Ball Method."
- For more information on the "New Ball Method" click here: New Ball Method (pdf)
- For more information on small sided games: Why Small Sided Games-Tom Goodman Article (pdf)
INCLUDED IN THE REGISTRATION FEE
Your registration fees includes a t-shirt, soccer ball and a participation medal (given at the end of the season to each player). Registration fees also cover the cost of staff coaches, field maintenance, field equipment, insurance and registration through governing bodies.
COST: $109.00 ($99 if you register by the early bird deadline)
UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT NEEDS
All participants are given a GSA ball and GSA t-shirt at the first group meeting. Uniforms are NOT needed.
Participants are required to wear shinguards which may be purchased at any sporting goods store (Dick's Sporting Goods, Academy Sports) or another retailer (Target). Players can wear sneakers, turf shoes or cleats.
COACHING - The 4U Soccer Sprouts program is led by the GSA staff, with each player's parent/adult help him our her with the activities.
If you have any questions regarding the U4 program, feel free to contact us!
Kevin Scheiwe GSA North Rec Director
There is no weekday practice for Soccer Sprouts. Each player participates in a staff coach led session once a week on Saturday.
BRING TO EACH SESSION
Every player should bring their GSA provided ball or any other size 3 ball to practice. Each play must wear shinguards at all times; these can be purchased at a local sporting goods store. Cleats or turf shoes are not required; standard athletic shoes are fine for this age. Bring a large bottle of water and consider bringing a small snack.